ReMix: Shining Force CD 'Five-Sided Square'
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Quinn Fox returns more than a year since his last mix with our first coverage from Shining Force CD. This relatively laid-back electronica piece is laden with purer synth tones that are occassionally mixed with lo-fi effects, juxtaposed against mysterious, enveloping ambient pads and layered, downbeat-heavy drums. Malcos writes:
"Very atmospheric, ambient sounding piece. The arrangement is very engaging, with the textures ever changing. This is definitely something different, and treads that fine line between quirky and weird - I could see why Liontamer thought that this could end up being an overall yes or no. I did think the hats were a touch too loud, and there were times when I thought that perhaps relying on slightly altered drumloops was making the percussion elements boring - but as soon as that thought entered my head, the groove changed. Very original, very good, very quirky."
I'd tend to agree that some more variance in the percussive department - a stuttering effect, fill, or filter sweep, for example - would have helped delineate between the mix's sections. What's particularly cool here is the interplay between the different synth textures, bells, and pads, and the harmonic and counter-melodic ways in which said textures are utilized. JJT provides a succinct one-liner:
"This mix is deceptively simple, well written, and displays a wide palette of sonic textures."
Couldn't have said it better myself; good stuff from Quinn, merging rudimentary, almost chiptunish textures with more dynamic, evocative ambient for an enjoyable and interesting listen.
- -RK- on December 11, 2010
- WesternZypher on November 7, 2010
- tweex on October 20, 2009
I was sure after the first listen whether or not I liked the track itself, though the production and sound choices were all good, with perhaps the exception of the lead sound; I think it needs to be a little more edgy.
I also think that the mix wanders a bit too much; maybe it's just the mood im in, but I think it should have a little more direction. The transitions are the culprit here i think, as the sections themselves are strong, but without something connecting the parts, it feels aimless to me. Otherwise it's a good mix.
- OA on December 17, 2007
- Master_Yoshi on November 9, 2006
- Fiendofthenorth on October 12, 2006
- nycpntr on October 2, 2006
Love the riff at 1:24, real smooth.
- Tepid on October 2, 2006
The production has noticeable holes and isn't balanced in a few spots... but on the other hand the song is quite peppy and enjoyable. Sadly it has the feel of one of those songs you tire from quickly. This probably could've used a bit more refinement before being submitted and it would've been just that much better.
This sort of song doesn't really appeal to me too much, it just tends to get lost in the background instead of drawing out my attention. It'd be one of those songs that I'd give a 3 out of 5 stars if I heard it on the Ormgas stream.
This song isn't too bad though, it's pretty average and certainly isn't terrible. It's worth a listen, who knows, you might like it!
- Pink on October 2, 2006
The only drawback is I can see myself getting tired of it really fast and I don't like that stuff in the middle of the song too much.
- Ness757 on October 2, 2006
I am glad to see another Shining mix posted. Keep them coming!
- antacid03 on October 1, 2006
- -RK- on October 1, 2006
- Sam Ascher-Weiss on October 1, 2006
- sgx on October 1, 2006
- Geoffrey Taucer on October 1, 2006